is sometimes everything.  i was so discouraged and beat by the super expensive dumpsters (bulls**t as my friend called it) i’ve seen when little sister dropped in: “what about this?” she said casually.  less than 24 hr later, after 2 extended visits, the first for 1 hr beginning at 9.30pm, and the 2nd from 10am-1.30pm, all is set.  got an amazing apartment sharing with a former united nation german ambassador representative to some 34 countries in S. America, Asia and europe.  she’s now retired from her post and is teaching at both Harvard and in Hanover.  and we both love ballroom dancing, being part of the team from the same school (and even comparing dancing shoes, if you can believe). lots of minor super nice details such as apartment has a bicycle garage, she’s only here part-time so i get the whole condo to myself, etc.  But the best part: location!  simply amazing.  walking distance to school, bus right outside door to the NEC and symphony hall (and school), train to airport and everywhere, safe neighborhood. just simply amazing.  This one is of course all to little sister’s credit, which is why she has an open invitation to come ANYTIME** (**package includes the cute little kid in picture above.) 
[Update: all sisters and their “packages” are welcome! remember to arrive between May20-Dec31 to take advantage of the free-full-room + swimming pool deal 😉 ]
Meanwhile, i was told 3 months ago that my office would be on the “wrong” side of the river, only to show up to _this_ view from the office

frozen Charles river with snow cover

what can i say, can’t get a nicer view than that!  so, everything is moving forward at a nice rate here, let’s just hope the boxes got re-routed to the new address ok with the next snow storm approaching.  meanwhile, a couple more photos of white boston:

so, how about a little Rameau to highlight my mood

About thả diều
writing-challenged opera-addict

5 Responses to luck

  1. Anik LaChev says:

    congratulations on hitting the jackpot (baby bro lived in a “dumpster” while at Harvard, so I feel halfway entitled to empathize)!

    Of course, you realize that now you’re responsible for extended NEC/Boston Symphony reviewing, right? 😉

    At some point, I’d like to hear more about those dancing shoes. (which reminds me: is “Leading Ladies” out over there yet? We’re still waiting)

    • thả diều says:

      oh your bro was here studying at Harvard? around which time? might have overlapped with my original stay. we might have crossed path :-). i was internally horrified with the apartment conditions here last week. quite amazing what people can get away with!

      Ah, you know, the NEC, i think you’ll hear more about it from me for sure. the amazing thing is there are multiple concerts / recitals there almost everyday for free. once settled, i’ll revise a schedule which would allow me to come there often!

      “Leading Ladies” — is that a movie? sounds PERFECT! i’d love that (having a leading lady that is). what would you like to know about dancing shoes? how high should they be? what color? open or closed toe? 🙂 . i only own 1 pair, black, closed, 1-in high. they’re amazing for balance. actually from the little i’ve learned one shouldn’t be standing on the heel at all when dancing, else you’re stuck. So if you watch the top dancers, even on 2-in+ heels, they’re always on their toes/ball of feet. for competition, they recommend that you buy a pair of skin-color shoes so that they blend in. this way if you can’t keep your feet in a nice line with extended toes, the line-breakage is not as obvious as when you wear black shoes. I, on the other hand, always believe that until i qualify to have my feet straight (which i never will, being queer and all), i don’t need another pair of expensive shoes. this explains why i’ve never gotten past the beginner level :-D.
      i’ve recently learned how to lead in social dance, what a fantastic experience! i love following because it’s soooo easy. if there’s a lady inviting me to the dance floor? love love love! but there’re several problems: you always have to wait for someone to lead (who would want that??), and you tend to forget your steps (because a good leader will just lead you!) my first hurdle (and still is) is of course i can’t count. so now, when i take the lady’s hands, i’d tell her right away: can you count? Once we are moving, i’m ok, but that beginning beat is a beast. other things of course include the height issue, which is why i should be on high heels leading so as not to hit the lady’s head while she turns ;-). when i first started learning, it was very intimidating, i somehow got the feeling no-one would want to dance with me because i have to compete with all the guys. But after just 1 class, i’ve found out several things: an open-minded lady doesn’t care who is leading her, as long as the leader is: (a) enthusiastic, (b) pays attention to her (the follower’s) steps, (c) willing to adjust dynamically! actually (c) is the reason i enjoy this leading experience the most. every lady is soo different ;-). Some will take the lead subtly, some requires a little bit more encouragement. never yanking though (i dislike guys who want to separate my shoulder!), we’re dancing after all, not in a wrestling match. and being a follower for the longest time, i also have a better feeling for what she needs ;-). in the end, i think everyone should learn to lead and follow. and if the lady could just help me out counting, we’re a happy couple on the dance floor.

  2. chau says:

    I’d like to extend that open invitation to me and all my packages.

  3. Eyesometric says:

    Thank you for the Rameau by my favourite band …. just right to keep you warm ! 😉

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